‘Age of Creativity Festival’ – Never Too Late to Create!
Thursday, October 5th, 10.30 – 12.30
The Library, North Oxford Association, Oxford, OX2 7DP
As part of the Age of Creativity Festival, organised by Age UK Oxfordshire, we're running a free ‘taster’ session to entice older aspiring playwrights and their families to start playwriting. No previous experience required – it’s fun, stimulating and highly creative. In two hours we’ll cover the basic ‘building blocks’ of playwriting, identify a compelling ‘narrative arc’ and demonstrate how good actors can lift the script off the page. This event is fantastic for families because writing a play is a wonderfully creative process, enhanced by inter-generational collaboration. Different ages, different viewpoints!
To book: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 077 822 59471.
'Swallows' by Bob Whorton
We're delighted to announce that our new play 'Swallows' by Bob Whorton, was performed to great reviews at The Old Fire Station, Oxford on March 23rd & 24th.
Set a few years into the future, ‘Swallows’ probes the impact of a controversial new law, demanding all hospices, hospitals and residential homes provide a suitable 'dying room' for those who wish to end their lives. This moving play explores with sensitivity the choices facing Professor Raymond Parker and the conflict which exists between the different ethical and emotional viewpoints of the Professor, his son and the medical profession.
Bob Whorton brings his direct experience of working within the hospice movement to this heart warming play, which has a running time of just over one hour, followed by the opportunity for discussion between the audience, the playwright and members of different professional communities.
Some of the cast in rehearsal
Michael Curran plays Professor Raymond Parker.
Richard Matthews plays Terry Parker, Professor Parker's son.
Katharine Moraz plays Magda, nursing care assistant
Patsy Prince plays Dr Redmond, lead palliative care consultant.
We're delighted to be working with a wonderful charity, Blue Skye Thinking, which supports research so that all children diagnosed with brain tumours have a chance of survival and a better quality of life post-treatment. The Charity is run by volunteers and all money donated goes directly to the forefront of Research and Treatment.
They are putting together a professional musical and magic play 'Loom to the Moon' to take to children's wards and hospitals to raise awareness of their work.
Please watch the video here http://www.blueskyethinking.org/ on their home page to find out more about their work.
'Birds of Prey'
A new play, with an all female cast, is about grief, greed, false expectations and the comedic side of tragedy, written by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies in collaboration with Stephanie Connell. Although a work of fiction, the play is based on a true story.
Peter and Grace found each other late in life, and knew theirs was a marriage made in heaven - until a life changing event slowly unravels unexpected, unresolved and painful issues between Peter's adult children and the three women in his life.
To watch someone grieving is at best unsettling and worse an embarrassment, especially when we don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Following a rehearsed reading, directed by Maurice Thorogood, performed on June 20th at the Actors and Writers London Group, the play is now complete and plans are underway for a performance in London during 2018.
Our controversial play 'Silent on the Matter' , explores the age old question of why good people make inexplicably bad decisions and asks the question: to what extent do we really understand the culturally diverse society in which we live?
It's a story about close friends from very different cultures, who believe they truly understand and respect the others' culture, until a shocking decision is made, exposing hypocrisy, betrayal and unspoken conflict, as each relationship falls apart.
Some photos from the production are shown below with more in our Gallery.
(Photo credits to Savanna Arnold and Macaulay Boulton)